Savela, Manistee News Advocate
Posted April 3, 2012
Tyler Fogarty was quick to correct himself, but who could blame him for the Freudian slip?
At a recent track and field practice, the Onekama senior recalled his “four” years of experience at the Division 4 state finals, despite having only been there thrice. But perhaps it was just a bit of accidental foresight.
“Wait, I’ve been there three times,” he said with a laugh, after explaining how four previous trips to the finals would help heading into his senior season. “I hope to make it four, though.”
For Fogarty and fellow senior Jaylee Brown, pole vaulting at the highest level has been essentially automatic. Each has competed at the finals for the past three seasons, and each expect to make it four for four.
“I think since (qualifying for the finals the first time), that’s the goal every year,” said Brown, who’s medaled in each of her appearances. “You just want to get back (to state) in everything you were before. I’ve been working on it all winter, so I’m good to go.”
Despite suffering injuries the past two years, Brown managed to still vault at a high level, placing sixth at state last season after taking fourth in both her sophomore and freshman campaigns. And with her back healed, she’s raising the bar, so to speak, on her expectations.
“I want to be first in (the West Michigan D League),” she said, “and I’m going to shoot for top-four in state again.”
Brown also said she hopes to leap 10-foot-6 this season, which would eclipse her own school-record mark of 10-3.